After many months I finally gave it a try as I didn't want to spray this and go out and didn't know what I would've faced for the day.
Right finally I had one spray of this today afternoon before 4PM and time is now past midnight which is more than 8 hours since original application.
During these 8 hours I have washed my hand on a number of occasions however I tried to avoid the spray area but still couldn't prevent contamination of the perfume.
Being a Montale it has the potent DNA although it isn't as potent as my "Haute Conc" Black Aoud. (I have a lifetime supply of Black Aoud and haven't seen anything more potent)
Back to the point, after 8 hours it is still going fairly strong and the projection was reasonable for one spray on hand and I think 2+ sprays would be required for full wearing.
The smell: I think it has a very strong overdose of leather and oud which are the two prominent notes in Oud Cuir d'Arabie
Leather is way stronger than the oud and dominates all the way from start to dry down and don't see a huge change in top and basenotes. I currently have 2 * 20ml bottles which I got with my 2 *100ml Black Aoud and can safely say I would be adding a full bottle of Oud Cuir d'Arabie
It is fairly dry from start (haven't seen the finish but it's close to skin scent with nominal projection). It's a very intense smell and suits somebody very serious.
I personally quite liked the smell and the composition, but I think it is a little too much for my age (24) and could use it for serious business meetings etc. but then I think Amouage Epic Man suits that "flashy" image better and does better.
On a scale of 10 I would rate:
Longevity : Montale
Projection : Montale
Originality: 10/10 (I haven't smelt anything this dry and intense before with strong leather and oud accords)
Versatility : Montale or 4/10
Bottle worthy: 8/10
I must say that the spray is fairly oily and must not be sprayed on light clothes to avoid stains.
Last edited by Riley; 26th January 2013 at 05:18 PM.
Good review. I did not like this fragrance. To be fair though, I only tested it on a test strip. I guess I'll have to go back and get a sample to give it a real trial run.
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Definitely worth a full bottle IMO. Wonderful scent.